The Image in The Viewfinder

I love movies a lot and one of the best ways to educate and entertain myself is by watching movies. I fancy stories of real people; fictions do not excites me that much unless they are woven around life’s realities. So, I am for epic movies – stories of kings and their kingdoms, nations and their rulers, everyday people in their natural everyday contexts, to mention a few. These stories have a way of rendering the past in a way that can provide clarity to the present, helping to accurately envision the future that will count.

Recently, I found myself glued to the television, watching the stories of Rome as a republic and its transition to an empire. While one fifth of the world’s population was under the rule of the Roman Empire, nations around the Mediterranean; the personalities and the ambitions of those who sat in the seats of their emperors and their senators created a mix of realities that showed how far-reaching the details of a person’s life can affect many other people’s lives, especially the lives of those in leadership. Julius Caesar, one of Roman Empire’s rulers, the famous face on the Roman coin, conquered many territories. He won impossible wars and battles by a mix of ambition, wisdom and valor, expanding the empire significantly. However, when it was time for him to return to Rome and consolidate on all the victories, and be nothing short of a god to the then world, he was struck by epilepsy. Despite his gold and glory, nothing could help him to maintain the posture of a god that he had dreamt to be . . . it seems like just when people arrive at all that they have aspired to become or achieve, something out of control – a disease, a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of satan – would put a check on them, just like the boundaries of the seas do to its waters after raging so fearfully and gloriously in its depths.

The pursuit of gold and glory is beautiful and honorable; every person should be dedicated to the pursuit of something of value, else life itself would become a burden of some sort. However, I have also found, like the Preacher in the Bible, that all is vanity upon vanity. The end of these pursuits is misery. Now that the entire world is on a reset, it is a good time to review what individuals, families, communities, nations, and people are pursuing.

What do you pursue? What is your reason for crawling or jumping out of bed each morning? Is it a thing or is it a person? More than a dream, a proposition, an aspiration, an ambition, or an arrival at something or someplace, what you do next, especially after the outbreak of COVID, may likely determine the course of the rest of your life. Nothing else satisfies aside the pursuit of God and His kingdom. In the end, what will satisfy you is the pursuit of righteousness [restoration to God’s original design through what you do as work], which brings peace [state of order, sustainable functionality and prosperity], and in turn produces joy in the Spirit [fulfillment that is not dependent on outwards circumstances]. Nothing else satisfies a human spirit besides these, which are eternally present only in God.

So, rethink all aspects of your life in the light of God and His word, and the answers you may get will amaze you. Focus your eyes on God and keep Him in your viewfinder. Let Him be the constant Person in your viewfinder.